Thursday, November 05, 2009

My Wife's New Blog

My wife has started a blog. She keeps up with hers much more than I do with mine. Check it out at

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

It's been awhile

Well, I've probably lost any readers I had after not posting since February, and pretty sporadically before that for a while. Basically, 2008 was the worst year of my life and I'm really just now recovering. I wrote a little about the year here. I've had several ideas of things to write about but very little time, and even less motivation. However, I am feeling more "with it" now and hope to begin again.

A friend called my wife yesterday and said she is going to start homeschooling. Tammy told my wife that she never felt like she was looked down on for not homeschooling with my wife, unlike some of her other homeschooling friends. Others have said that also, and I just want to take this time to praise my wife for her generous attitude. People appreciate it a lot.

They will doing some accredited workbook curriculum, something that would never fly with most my boys. Workbooks are an anathema to them. I'm not sure why, but that kind of teaching is useless in our house. That's probably why son #1 couldn't/wouldn't do very well in public school.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Cheese Sandwiches Are Cruel: or, There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

A school district in New Mexico is doling out cruel punishment. Some kids have to eat a cold cheese sandwich!
A cold cheese sandwich, fruit and a milk carton might not seem like much of a meal...
Not much of a meal? This is what one of my kids wants to eat every day. And by "every day" I mean 4 or 5 days a week. In fact, we're lucky if we can get him to eat the fruit. The whole family eats sandwiches most days for lunch.
Critics argue the cold meals are a form of punishment...
What kind of people are these critics? I took a sandwich to school for lunch for most of my life. My kids eat sandwiches most everyday of their lives. Because that's what they want.
Second-grader ... said she will never eat sliced cheese again.
Well I don't want to either, really. Can't blame her. Besides, she will be healthier for it.
...and more children in the lunch program means more federal dollars for the district.
Do I need to say anything here?
"Some parents don't have even $1 sometimes," the 27-year-old single mother said. "If they do, it's for something else, like milk at home."
I know this is true, and it's sad, and it's why I had to take sandwiches when I was in middle school, but is it the public school's responsibility to feed the kids a hot meal? If you can't pay, you don't complain about the free stuff you get, you take it with gratitude. Of course I don't like kids being singled out and having their little psyches damaged. But there is nothing wrong with a sandwich for lunch! Good grief!

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